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Jonathan Bean
Jonathan Bean lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in a yellow brick building, on the third floor, above a café, in a small apartment where he keeps all his money and jewels on the doorstep, so thieves can find them, but sleeps with his drawings under the mattress. He can sometimes be spotted down... show more

Jonathan Bean lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in a yellow brick building, on the third floor, above a café, in a small apartment where he keeps all his money and jewels on the doorstep, so thieves can find them, but sleeps with his drawings under the mattress. He can sometimes be spotted down the street at his favorite bookstore, The Midtown Scholar, or around town drawing people or watering his rooftop garden. If you tell him making picture books is the best job in the world he will agree.After receiving his undergraduate degree from Messiah College, Jonathan moved to New York City in 2003 to attend graduate school at the School of Visual Arts. He received his first job illustrating for children when hired by Cricket in 2004. Since then, Jonathan's worked for numerous publishers and his illustration and writing have received widespread recognition. He has illustrated six picture books and just won his second Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for his latest book, Building Our House. His next book, Big Snow, arrives this Fall.
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Joyia's Book Corner
Joyia's Book Corner rated it 3 years ago
Real Cowboys is a book about cowboys and how they are people just like us. It provides a sweet and moving insight to a side of cowboys that we do not often think about. Earning a score of 8.4 on the Gunning-Fog scale, the book can be a bit difficult due to its long sentences. The vocabulary can be a...
Peace, Love & Books
Peace, Love & Books rated it 7 years ago
A young girl narrates the story of how her family moved from the city to the country and bult their own home. An elegantly paced story with perfectly matched text and illustrations.
Peace, Love & Books
Peace, Love & Books rated it 8 years ago
Simple and lovely.
Genosha is for lovers
Genosha is for lovers rated it 9 years ago
Beautiful art; detailed and great use of just a few bland shades that make the book appear charmingly old fashioned.I didn't appreciate the lude dedication in the begining, though."For Robert, who loves pie."I bet he does.
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